Jun 19, 2024  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Information


Seattle University is Seattle’s university, where mind, body and spirit are not multiple choice. At SU, we nurture the whole person and are committed to an education for a just and humane world. Our scholar-educators nurture the intellectual side of our students, our Jesuit ethos the spiritual and programs and activities the personal–all of which lead to the professional and personal formation of our students.

At SU, scholarly pursuits go hand-in-hand with the Jesuit mission of social justice and service learning. Our undergraduate and graduate students excel in the classroom and are making their mark in their communities and beyond.

Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university located on 50 acres in Seattle’s Capitol Hill and First Hill neighborhoods. More than 7,400 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within nine schools and colleges. The university’s position as a premier independent university and location are closely woven with the history of Seattle and the Puget Sound region.

Seattle University is a vibrant and diverse campus with students and programs that speak to a longstanding commitment to a mission- and purpose-driven education.

The university provides distinctive learning, service and career opportunities for students. There are more than 60 undergraduate and more than 31 graduate degree programs that offer a variety of specializations, plus more than 30 certificate programs.

About Seattle University

Seattle University is home to nine schools and colleges: the Albers School of Business and Economics, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, the College of Nursing, the College of Science and Engineering, Matteo Ricci College, the School of Law, the School of Theology and Ministry, and the School of New and Continuing Studies.

One of 28 Jesuit Catholic universities in the country, SU cultivates intellectual and spiritual development with its high-caliber faculty, small class sizes, academic rigor, challenging curriculum and emphasis on education for justice.

The university, its colleges and programs consistently rank among the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report–currently we are ranked #6 by U.S. News–and Princeton Review’s Best Colleges guide. The university is among the most diverse independent universities in the West.

Located within steps of Seattle’s downtown core, Seattle University feeds off the energy of the Emerald City, creating learning experiences and adventures year-round. Hundreds of SU students take advantage of the location and the university’s close proximity to major hospitals and biotech companies, internationally known music and theater venues, eclectic museums, acclaimed restaurants and more.

Students don’t need to venture off campus to enjoy the serenity of an urban oasis with the university’s lush green spaces and distinctive Japanese gardens. Seattle University is certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, which followed the university’s designation in 1989 as a Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Seattle University is also widely known for its efforts and initiatives that support sustainability. As a green campus, SU is a nationally recognized leader in recycling–the university recycles more than 62 percent of its waste. In 2010, the university became a bottled water-free campus, which at the time was the first university in the state to do so. Water conservation and renewable energy are also important to the university. Water conservation and renewable energy are also important to the university. Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges gives SU a green rating of 95.

At SU, facilities are more than simply bricks and mortar; they play an important role in how we educate our students and the programs we provide. In the past 20 years, the campus has undergone major facilities improvements. Additions in recent years include the Clinical Performance Nursing Laboratory and the Jeanne Marie and Rhoady Lee, Jr. Center for the Arts, a premier performing arts center to showcase the university’s dramatic and visual arts and music. In fall 2010, the university opened the doors to the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons, a reimagined and sophisticated library and learning commons designed with the space and technology suited to today’s student.

As the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons is the intellectual heart of the campus, the spiritual center is the Chapel of St. Ignatius, the vision of architect Steven Holl. In addition to being a campus and civic landmark, the chapel is a popular place of worship for the campus community and its friends and neighbors. And in fall 2011, SU opened a modern fitness center, the William F. Eisiminger Fitness Center, adjacent to the Redhawk Center. Redhawk Center, which was renovated in 2015, is home court for SU’s Women’s Basketball.

How We Educate

At Seattle University, excellent teaching–supported by high-quality scholarship and personalized attention to student learning–ensures an intellectually challenging education, which is at the heart of our mission in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.

The university culture supports a total experience, one that promotes vision, character and leadership. Course work, programs and activities reflect the Jesuit principles of the service of faith and promotion of justice to address issues of poverty, injustice, discrimination, violence and the environment in committed and effective ways.

A Dedication to Service

Service in the community and service learning courses are important components of a Seattle University education.

Four out of five students serve the community as part of their studies–nearly 3x the national average.

In 2012, the White House honored Seattle University with the Presidential Award for Community Service, the highest recognition by the federal government to a college or university for its civic engagement, service learning and volunteerism. The university was one of only five universities in the U.S. to receive this honor.

The following year, the university set a precedent by earning national recognition for the second consecutive year, making the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction. The accolade recognizes SU’s overall commitment to service as well as its significant work to implement the Seattle University Youth Initiative (SUYI). Now in its fifth year, SUYI unites the university and wider community in a long-term commitment to build a better future for young people starting with pre-kindergarten and continuing through college.

In 2014, Seattle University once again was honored by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in the following areas: interfaith community service, one of four finalists for the top award in this category; general community service, honor roll with distinction; education, honor roll; and economic opportunity, honor roll.

Among master’s universities, Seattle University ranks #3 in the nation for the number of staff supporting community service, the number of academic courses that incorporate service as well as scholarships for community service, according to Washington Monthly September/October 2015 edition.

Academic Services and Programs for Students

Meeting the needs of a diverse student body means providing a variety of programs, activities and resources to enhance the educational experience. It also means helping students achieve success from the moment they step on campus to the day they walk across the stage at commencement. Here are some of the programs and resources available to our students:


Academic Advising and Support Services

Each student at Seattle University is provided access to academic advising. Academic advisors guide students in their academic choices and planning, recommend co-curricular activities that enhance the educational experience and refer students to campus resources. The advisors recognize the vital role they play in the overall college experience. Faculty, professionals and peers serve as academic advisors in the various colleges and schools.

Advising Support and Coordination Services provides support to develop and promote high-quality campus advising services. This includes ongoing skill-building opportunities for advisors and dissemination of the latest advising information. The department also identifies students who are experiencing academic difficulties and extends resources and support. 

Information: (206) 296-2260, seattleu.edu/SAS/


The Athletics Department champions the values expressed in the Mission Statement of Seattle University and regards athletics as a key component of the Jesuit philosophy of educating the whole person - body, mind, and spirit. Through participation in intercollegiate athletics, student-athletes learn critical life lessons and values. Athletic coaches, staff and administrators strive to provide student-athletes with an experience in their sport that is challenging and rewarding while maintaining an environment where the pursuit of higher education is the top priority. Our students earn Academic All-Conference and All-American honors for their exemplary work in sports and in academics.

Seattle University competes at the NCAA Division I level and is a member of the Western Athletic Conference, SU sponsors 20 intercollegiate sports including men’s and women’s basketball, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis and track and field, as well as baseball and women’s rowing, softball and volleyball. The Redhawk Cheer and Dance squad, as well as Rudy the Redhawk are a part of the Athletics Department.

Information: (206) 296-6441, goseattleu.com

The Center for Career Services

The Center for Career Services provides career education to all students empowering them to make intentional career choices and navigate a successful transition to post graduate life. A full range of career education, advising, and planning tools are provided including self-assessment instruments, resources for exploring majors and careers, support with decision-making and career transitions, résumé and cover letter writing, LinkedIn profile tips, interviewing techniques and job and internship search strategies. Networking opportunities and employer and alumni engagement events are facilitated for students through on-campus interviews, employer information sessions and panels, professional development nights and career fairs.

Information: (206) 296-6080, seattleu.edu/careerservices/


Seattle University collegia provide a home-away-from-home environment for commuter and transfer students. The university offers five collegia where students can gather to study, socialize and relax while on campus.

Information: (206) 296-6291, seattleu.edu/cotp/collegia-program/

Commuter and Transfer Student Services

The Center for Orientation and Transition Programs fosters a sense of belonging, involvement and connection for commuter & transfer students with each other and the SU community. It supports the educational success of commuter and transfer students by providing services, programs and learning communities that address needs particular to their populations. Five Collegia provide beautiful and welcoming “home away from home” environments that support the day-to-day needs of the complex lives of commuter and transfer students through study space, kitchen facilities and snack system, access to campus resources, computers, books and newspapers.

Information: (206) 296-6291, seattleu.edu/cotp/

Disabilities Services

Disabilities Services provides academic counseling, support, advocacy and referrals for students with disabilities. The office arranges academic adjustments such as testing adaptations, note takers, books in alternative format, facilities access, adaptive/auxiliary aids and interpreters, and coordinates other forms of reasonable accommodation to allow students with disabilities to participate in university programs, services and activities. Written documentation of a student’s disability from a qualified professional must be submitted before reasonable accommodations and academic adjustments can be provided. Copies of the Seattle University Section 504/ADA Policy and Appeal Procedure are available in Loyola Hall, room 100 or online.

Information: (206) 296-5740, seattleu.edu/disabilities-services/

English Language and Culture Bridge

The English Language and Culture Bridge Program is designed to prepare non-native English speakers for a productive academic career. The primary goals of the program are to assist non-native speakers to raise their proficiencies in English and to provide them with an understanding of American academic culture. The courses offered in the program are highly advanced, with a specific focus on university-level reading, writing, listening and speaking. The program is offered in fall, winter, and spring quarters, with selected courses offered in summer quarters.

Information: (206) 296-6064, (206) 296-6056, seattleu.edu/ellc/bridge/

International Student Center

The International Student Center (ISC) is a focal point for student activities and programs of a global, cultural, educational and social nature and it is a gathering place for Seattle University’s international and domestic student populations and student organizations. The ISC is committed to supporting the academic and Jesuit mission of Seattle University and the strategic priority of Global Engagement by working closely with campus partners. The International Student Center (ISC) assists 875 international students from 54 different countries in achieving success in their educational endeavors, and through the contribution of their varied and unique cultural and global perspectives, serves to broaden the university community’s cultural and global awareness and assist in the process of “empowering leaders for a just and humane world.”

The ISC plans large-scale events such as International Education Week and the International Dinner, while providing assistance to our international students in all matters pertaining to immigration, visa status, document certification, employment authorization and more. The office also serves as a resource for all matters pertaining to visa support for SU’s international faculty members and scholars. Our office also offers cultural adjustment to international students and the center encourages all students to get actively involved in the co-curricular life and the various international clubs at SU to ensure they are globally engaged as students. The ISC manages international health insurance for all international students and faculty members. The Center is also the primary liaison with the US Department of State and the US Department of Homeland Security on all immigration related matters.

The ISC lounge and kitchen offers all SU students a place to relax, meet new people from all over the world, surf the internet on the two lounge computers or watch sports on a large satellite flat-screen TV. The lounge and kitchen also acts as a place for students clubs and organizations to plan and implement private cultural events and activities.

Information: (206) 296-6260, seattleu.edu/isc/

Leadership Development

Seattle University’s mission is to prepare all students to be agents for change in the world. Leadership Development offers programs, services and resources to help each student discover and develop their own potential. The office sponsors workshops and conferences, training on skills, opportunities to put leadership into action and personal coaching.

Information: (206) 296-LEAD (5323), seattleu.edu/leadership/

Learning Assistance Programs

Our dedicated staff in Learning Assistance Programs supports students in their ongoing growth and development as learners. We provide academic support and study skill enhancement for students through a variety of services to meet individual needs.  We offer individual, small-group and drop-in tutoring as well as weekly facilitated study groups in selected math, business, science, nursing, and languages courses. We also offer a series of learning strategy workshops each quarter, learning style assessments and one-on-one consultation sessions with a learning specialist to devise strategies to enhance learning around skills such as time management, reading comprehension, test preparation and note taking.

Information: (206) 398-4450, LEML 2nd Floor, seattleu.edu/learning-assistance/

Learning Communities

We believe learning and academic inquiry happen both inside and outside of the classroom. Each Learning Community (LC) theme is built around broad interdisciplinary questions and includes on average 150 students led by a team of faculty and staff. Every first year student (commuter and residential) and many second year students will have the opportunity to participate in a learning community. Students in a learning community will be able to connect to other students with similar interests, take Core courses together, participate in fun and exciting activities, and explore what it means to be a Seattle U Redhawk!

Learning Communities:

  • Across the Academy
  • Civic Engagement
  • Creative Arts
  • Earth and Society
  • Engineering our Future
  • Faith and the Great Ideas
  • Health and Wellness
  • Justice in a Diverse Society
  • 1103
  • Millie Bown Russell Leadership and Social Change
  • Xavier Global House

Information: seattleu.edu/llcs/

Office of Fellowships

Seattle University has a proven track record when it comes to prestigious scholarships, fellowships and awards.

Over the years many of our students have received fellowships and grants, including Fulbright, Gates Cambridge, Goldwater, Udall and Truman scholarships. (The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation designated SU as an Honor Institution, a distinction given to universities that have several Truman Scholars and that promote the values of public service.)

The Office of Fellowships supports undergraduate and graduate students in their search for fellowships, grants and other academic opportunities. The office provides a clearinghouse of information about various funding opportunities and assists students in locating fellowships that fit their interests, experience and goals.

A range of fellowship opportunities is supported through the Office of Fellowships, from smaller, local competitions to prominent national contests.

While the Office of Fellowships offers guidance in choosing a fellowship, its primary mission is to support students through the application process. This includes writing assistance, advising and interview preparation.

Information: (206) 296-2517, seattleu.edu/fellowships/. Appointments: (206) 296-5740(206) 296-5740.

Office of Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Affairs works with all members of the university community in a social justice framework to promote the leadership formation, wellness, and success of students of color, queer students and trans students. This work takes place through advocacy, referrals and mentorship; creation of opportunities for cultural exploration, solidarity, education and celebration; support for student leadership, transition and persistence; support for student organizations; and trainings for groups and departments.

Information: (206) 296-6070, seattleu.edu/oma/

Premajor Studies Program

The Premajor Studies Program provides comprehensive advising and support in exploring academic and vocational options for students who have not yet found a “good fit” major. Through an intentional and developmental curriculum, the program encourages students to investigate their skills, interests and personality, research all of the opportunities available to them, discern what path is best for them at this time, and declare a major they’re passionate about pursuing. The program primarily works with undeclared incoming students and consults with current students considering changing majors.

Information: (206) 296-2260https://www.seattleu.edu/premajor/

Student Events and Activities Council

The Student Events and Activities Council (SEAC) is responsible for planning and implementing campus-wide social activities such as concerts, dances, comedy shows, lectures and public forums.

Information: (206) 296-6047, https://www.seattleu.edu/seac/

Student Governance

Seattle University recognizes the importance of student involvement in the campus community. Student government provides not only leadership opportunities, but also a means to contribute to a vital and engaged campus life. The Student Government of Seattle University (SGSU), Seattle University’s undergraduate student government, organizes and leads services and programs geared toward students. The association also offers support for student clubs and events and advocates on campus issues.

Information: (206) 296-6050, seattleu.edu/sgsu/

Writing Center

The Writing Center is a union of academic excellence and outreach. The center exists to support the university’s core curriculum and to serve the writing needs of the greater campus community. The Writing Center is staffed with writing consultants from multiple disciplines who are trained to work on a range of writing assignments.

Information: (206) 296-6239, seattleu.edu/writingcenter/

Educating the Whole Person

A well-rounded education is about more than scholastic success-it is values- and mission-driven; it enriches and inspires. Confident, skilled student leaders are developed through our top-notch educators and service and social justice offerings. In addition to academic achievements and personal growth, Seattle University provides many opportunities for exploration of faith, and fitness and wellness.



Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry brings together and supports the many faith communities at Seattle University. In addition to outreach and education, Campus Ministry promotes social justice, pastoral care and service, and personal and spiritual growth through various programs and regional and international learning experiences.

The heart of the university’s Catholic faith community is the Chapel of St. Ignatius, which offers daily and Sunday liturgies and special events, such as concerts and Taize prayer. The Campion Ecumenical Chapel provides a large worship space for denominational and ecumenical Christian worship, and the Campion Multifaith Prayer Room offers a sacred place for daily personal prayer and group prayer for persons of all faiths. The Immaculate Conception Chapel, located on the second floor of the Administration Building, offers a place of refuge and prayer.

Campus Ministry offers many resources and service-learning opportunities through the Maguire Center and Hunthausen Resource Center, both located on the first floor of the Student Center.

Information: (206) 296-6075, seattleu.edu/campus-ministry/

Center for Community Engagement

In keeping with the Jesuit tradition and principles of service and justice, students have opportunities to serve and learn through the Center for Community Engagement. The office promotes student leadership in the community, supports service-learning courses and builds sustained partnerships with many local community-based organizations. Throughout an undergraduates’ time at Seattle University, 4 out of 5 students will take at least one service-learning course, combining hands-on learning in the community with their coursework. Beyond service-learning, CCE programs range from one time days of service, alternative breaks, tutoring, mentoring, social justice advocacy of all kinds and leadership.

The Center for Community Engagement also coordinates the Seattle University Youth Initiative (SUYI), a pipeline model of support for students and families in low-performing schools in the Bailey Gatzert enrollment area. The SUYI engages students, faculty, and staff from every division, college and school. The SUYI offers a combination of intensive academic in-school support, co-curricular enrichment, family engagement, community-based research, and other programs.  

Information: (206) 296-2569, http://seattleu.edu/cce/ and seattleu.edu/suyi

Education Abroad

Study abroad facilitates intellectual and intercultural experiences that contribute to leadership and service in the Jesuit tradition. Seattle University students have the opportunity to study in countries across the globe on a variety of programs.

Approximately half of the students who participate in education abroad at Seattle University do so on short-term faculty-led courses or service immersions while many others spend a quarter or longer abroad on Seattle University programs. Students can also participate in programs offered through other institutions, opening up a world of opportunities to meet students’ academic, financial and personal needs.

Additional international opportunities are available through the International Development Internship Program for undergraduates. This program places participants in internships at non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe or Latin America. To prepare for this international service and deepen their understanding afterward, students attend on-campus seminars before and after their time abroad.

Information: (206) 296-2226, seattleu.edu/abroad/

Wellness and Health Promotion

The office for Wellness and Health Promotion along with the student based Health and Wellness Crew (HAWC) empower healthy decision making through education, prevention, and peer support. We think about wellness holistically with physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and social components central to how we approach our work. Our areas of focus include:

  • Physical Wellness (Nutrition, Cold/Flu, Sleep)
  • Mental Health (Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Suicide, Eating Disorders)
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs (Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, etc.)
  • Healthy Relationships (Sexual Health, Sexual Assault Prevention) 

Information: (206) 296-2593, seattleu.edu/wellness/

University Recreation

Through sport, fitness, instructional and outdoor programs, University Recreation inspires, educates and empowers the Seattle University community to live happier, healthier and more successful lives. Whether it is promoting wellness, providing worthwhile recreational activities or building community, University Recreation is an integral component of a Seattle University student’s holistic education.

The Redhawk Complex is an approximately 175,000 square-foot recreation facility located at the corner of 14th and East Cherry St. that provides the Seattle University community with a space for exercise and recreation. It is also home of the William Eisminger Fitness which opened in the fall of 2011. The Complex features include:

  • More than 7,500 square-feet of fitness and cardio space featuring Sirius satellite radio, cardio-theater and more than 140 pieces of equipment
  • One group exercise studio featuring state of the art audiovisual equipment
  • One mind/body studio designed for yoga classes
  • One Martial Arts & Training (MAT) Room utilized for karate, aikido and much more
  • Two full-sized gymnasiums
  • A multi-purpose space with an Astroturf surface
  • Three racquetball courts
  • One squash court
  • Two swimming pools
  • 2 private single locker rooms
  • 4 locker rooms with shower facilities
  • 2 dry locker rooms
  • Men’s and Women’s Sauna

Students also have the benefit of using a multi-purpose artificial turf with lights and a track, and it will primarily host sport club and intramural activities. Championship Field features a single lane jogging track and four tennis courts.

The Intramural Sports program at Seattle University offers a wide range of activities for students and faculty/staff throughout the academic year, including flag football, volleyball, table tennis, basketball and Muggle Quidditch, to name a few. To register to play visit imleagues.com. Intramural Sports at Seattle University provides an active environment that allows participants to enjoy healthy competition, relieve stress, have fun, meet people and make new friends.

The Sport Club program provides students with the opportunity to meet other individuals with common interests, to learn new skills and to engage in interscholastic competition if they choose to do so. Current offerings include crew, rugby, soccer, table tennis, tennis, equestrian, baseball, ultimate, water polo, cycling, lacrosse, marksmanship, and volleyball.  Visit http://www.seattleu.edu/recreation/sports/ for more information.

The Outdoor program affords students the opportunity to experience the Pacific Northwest through outdoor recreation. Each quarter, student leaders organize bike, climb, snow, trail, water, and service-based activities. Think hiking, kayaking, tree planting, backpacking, ski/snowboarding, and so much more! Outdoor Adventure Recreation (OAR) outings are offered for all experience levels and varied interests. OAR also supplies participants with outdoor recreation equipment - available to rent at nominal costs, subsidized climbing gym access, low-cost lift tickets, and whitewater rafting student discounts.

The Fitness Program offers Group Fitness classes and Personal Training options that allow students and faculty/staff to have fun and reach their health and fitness goals all while engaging with others with similar interests. 

Information: (206) 296-6441, seattleu.edu/recreation/

Student Development

Student Development is committed to creating a vital and engaged campus community that challenges and supports undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

Working in partnership with other areas of the campus, Student Development provides programs, services and activities to assist students in developing the competencies, skills set and values needed to lead and serve in a diverse and changing world.

Information: (206) 296-6066, seattleu.edu/studentdevelopment/

Teaching for the 21st Century Student

Seattle University draws on its distinguished faculty and personalized attention to learning–with a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio–to ensure today’s tech-savvy and socially conscious students receive the best education and learning experience possible.

Most full-time faculty have earned doctoral degrees and are active scholars and researchers, contributing to the advancement of their fields. Service and social justice underpin the SU curriculum, and help develop our students into global citizens.

Students from all majors are encouraged to expand their understanding of other countries and cultures by studying, working or doing community service abroad. International options abound through Education Abroad. Faculty members also lead field studies abroad.

Campus Life and Services

Seattle University residence halls are more than a place for students to rest their heads–they are an intersection for living and learning. In addition to providing an engaging environment in residence halls, the university offers many vital services within the confines of the campus. This includes the Public Safety office where students can get parking permits and bus passes, as well as safety escorts, and the Student Health Center, which provides primary care services and more. The Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons offers a vast collection of resources and research materials. The SU Campus Store is the go-to place for course textbooks and supplies, plus snacks and other sundries. University Food Services give students options when it comes to what they eat, with a variety of healthy choices at convenient locations on campus.

Campus Store

The Seattle University Campus Store is located in the University Services Building, as a one-stop source for purchasing or renting new and used textbooks at up to 80% off.  Book buy-back is open year around. The Campus Store also offers a wide selection of Redhawk apparel and gift items, electronics, food and beverages, general books and school supplies.

Information: (206) 296-5820, http://seattleu.edu/campus-store

Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling and Psychological Services assists students in meeting the challenges of college life by encouraging healthy personal choices and balanced perspectives. Students can seek counseling and psychological services for a variety of reasons, such as depression, anxiety, relationship challenges, gender and sexuality concerns, drug and alcohol abuse or other life crises and transitions. Licensed psychologists and graduate interns provide psychotherapy without charge to current students. All clinical services are confidential and no information is released without the student’s consent, unless required or allowed by law. Referral services are provided for those requiring specialized or ongoing care. The staff also provides consultation and crisis intervention to the greater campus community.

Information: (206) 296-6090, seattleu.edu/CAPS/

Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons

The Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons features innovative technology and a range of academic services to support research, writing, and learning. An experienced and friendly information and research staff helps students locate and use information resources to support their academic work. Assistance is provided through a drop-in research service at the library, by telephone, email, 24x7 chat services and by individual appointments with subject specialist librarians through the popular Research Consultation service. Students can strengthen study skills and receive subject-specific tutoring through the Learning Assistance Programs, develop critical thinking and strengthen writing strengths by working with consultants in the Writing Center and receive problem-solving assistance from the Math Lab. These academic support services are conveniently located on the second floor of the building. (Consult this Handbook for individual entries for each of these academic services.)

The six-floor facility houses a Media Production Center, The Byte café, four distinctive reading rooms, numerous bookable group study rooms and two computer labs. It provides seating for 975 in a variety of settings-private and collaborative group study rooms, open carrels, study tables, lounge seating and collaborative computer workstations-and offers 4,000 square feet of 24-hour study areas on two floors. Desktop computers provide access to the library catalog, a wealth of online digital information and the Microsoft Office Suite. A secure wireless network is accessible from all public areas and a laptop and digital camera check-out service is provided.

The library houses a growing collection of materials in multiple formats including approximately 350,000 printed book and periodical volumes, more than 1,500 current print periodical subscriptions and access to more than 80,000 electronic journals, more than 200 online databases and 55,000 electronic books. Diverse collections of rare books and university archival materials, multi-media and microforms round out the on-site collections, which are accessible through the library’s online catalog. The university’s membership in the Orbis Cascade Alliance provides students with online borrowing privileges and on-site access to more than 28 million items in the collections of the other 37 Alliance libraries in Oregon and Washington. Membership in the Northwest Association of Private Colleges and Universities also extends onsite access to the collections of 30 private academic institutions in the region.

From the novice to the experienced library user, from first-year to graduate students, from the humanities to the sciences to the professional schools, every student can benefit from the rich resources available at the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons.

Information: (206) 296-6222, seattleu.edu/library/

New Student and Family Programs

New Student and Family Programs coordinates a variety of activities designed to help new freshmen and incoming students and their families adjust to the university, learn about available resources and meet students, faculty and staff. The office also coordinates Family Weekend, Summer in Seattle and orientation events.

Information: 206-296-2525, seattleu.edu/newstudent

On-campus Dining

Whether you are living on or off campus, you’ll find an outstanding array of healthy and good-tasting food available to you: pizzas and sandwiches at the Hawk’s Nest Bistro, made-to-order pasta, hand rolled sushi, an eclectic variety of hot entrees and an abundant salad bar at the Cherry Street Market, sundries and convenience items at the Cave, and espresso, sandwiches, salads and beverages at the Bottom Line, Sidebar and Byte. We know food is important to you and we care that you receive the very best.

Our food service provider, Bon Appétit Management Company (www.bamco.com), is committed to promoting sustainable food systems throughout the country. Across the Seattle University campus, Bon Appétit serves only cage-free eggs, natural, range-fed beef, sustainably harvested fish, hormone-free milk and antibiotic-free chicken. Organic produce is bought whenever possible and approximately 30% of all produce served comes from local sources. Items are cooked from scratch using fresh ingredients. Bon Appétit regularly donates extra food to local food banks and partners with student clubs to host various international and cultural events across campus.

Vegan and vegetarian items are always available and special diets and dietary restrictions are easily accommodated.

Information: (206) 296-6310, su.cafebonappetit.com/

Public Safety

Public Safety believes that by reporting incidents of crime and addressing safety concerns, individuals can contribute to the development of a healthy and safe community. Public Safety provides 24-hour security for the campus. Security staff is available to assist students in a variety of ways, including first aid, safety escorts, crime prevention and vehicle assistance. You can also get your parking passes and metro bus cards in the Public Safety office.

Information: (206) 296-5911 (emergency); (206) 296-5990, seattleu.edu/safety/

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center provides primary care to all enrolled students regardless of type of insurance or lack of insurance. The Health Center is staffed by Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioners and Medical Assistants. Consultation and treatment for various health care needs are provided with a $5.00 administrative fee per visit. A small fee is charged for services requiring laboratory testing and some prescription medications are available at a minimal cost. The Student Health Center also provides most immunizations to students at cost. All services are confidential and no information is released without student permission, unless required by law.

The Student Health Center provides the following specific services: wellness physicals, women’s annual exams, diagnosis and treatment of acute illness, management of chronic medical problems, treatment of injuries, treatment of skin problems, STD and pregnancy testing, medication management for depression, immunizations, allergy shots, eating disorder management, laboratory services and medical supplies.

Information: (206) 296-6300, seattleu.edu/health/

Residence Halls and Apartments

As a residential campus, committed to the education of the whole person, the residential experience is considered an integral part of a student’s education. Research over the past 50 years shows that students who belong to a campus residential community have a more productive and more satisfying college experience than those who live off campus. Students who live on-campus are more likely to:

  • Take full advantage of campus resources
  • Be more involved in campus activities and educational programs
  • Take more credits per quarter
  • Achieve greater academic success
  • Persist to graduate at a higher rate
  • Be more satisfied with their overall university experience

Seattle University requires students to live on campus and purchase the Meal Plan 4 if they fall into any of the following categories:

  • Freshmen or sophomore and under the age of 21.
  • First or second year SU student and under the age of 21.
  • Within two years of high school graduation date as of first day of fall quarter classes, and under the age of 21.

If students fall into any of the above categories (as of the first day of class for the academic year), they are required to live on campus for the full academic year. If student status (class year, age etc.) changes during the academic year, they will not be released from this housing requirement until the following academic year. The summer quarter is not included in the residential requirement.

Cultural diversity and respect for differences is valued in each of our residence hall communities. Each community has its own personality and traditions. Bellarmine, Campion, and Xavier are our traditional residence halls that provide opportunities to develop friendships, engage with the Seattle University community, and offer many educational and community development programs. Each of these buildings offer a variety of Learning Community options (LCs). LCs are unique communities that allow for students with similar interests to live, take classes and engage in co-curricular activities together. Chardin is a suite-style residence hall. The Yobi apodments provide single rooms with bathrooms and a community kitchen on each floor. The Archbishop Murphy Apartments houses sophomores, juniors, and seniors. In addition, a partnership with The Douglas (an apartment building), provides housing for juniors, seniors and nontraditional aged freshmen/sophomores and graduate students. All residence halls and apartments are staffed with a resident director, resident assistants, LC mentors, and desk assistants. Additionally, Jesuits-in-residence and/or residential ministers live in nearly every community.

Information: (206) 296-6305, seattleu.edu/housing/